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Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor Ep 187: How DWA​’​s “Kung Fu Panda” became a full​-​fledged franchise

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Drew Taylor & Jim Hill starts off this week’s episode by talking up the “Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio” exhibit which debuts at the MOMA in NYC this December. They also discuss why animation fans might need to go visit a Great Wolf Lodge next month.


Over the course of this show, listeners will learn about:

Which Disney Television Animation vet just signed with The Daily Wire to develop children’s programming for their soon-to-launch subscription streaming service

Who was the father character in Disney’s “Hamster & Gretel” modeled after

Which two properties did Jeffrey Katzenberg license the “Kung Fu Panda” theme park rights to prior to NBCUniversal buying DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in April 2016

Which “Laugh-In” star told Brad Bird that he should be the one to voice Edna Mode in “The Incredibles”

Who’s directing that “Smurfs” musical that Paramount Animation will be releasing on Valentine's Day 2025


released August 16, 2022
Hosts: Drew Taylor and Jim Hill
Fabulously edited by Aaron Z. Adams


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Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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